The first Malaysian cosmonaut will go into space in October, to live and work on board the Russian segment of the International Space Station, during a 10-day mission to the ISS.
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor took his end of training exam on Tuesday, together with other members of the 16th ISS crew, who are due to fly to the ISS on a Russian Soyuz spaceship on October 10.
The state commission was satisfied with the results of the examination, which the astronauts sat at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, known as Star City, the high-tech training centre 35 kilometers from Moscow.
Initially, two Malaysians were trained for the flight - Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Faiz bin Khaleed - with one on standby in case of ill health, and it was officially confirmed on Tuesday that Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor would be going, along with U.S. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Russian astronaut Yuri Malenchenko.
Korzun emphasized that the Malaysian crew member would not be a space tourist but was a fully trained astronaut in his own right, and both Shukor and bin Khaleed were well prepared to take on the mission, saying he had no doubts about their readiness for the flight.
Korzun said the Malaysians had found the Russian climate harsh during their training period, but they liked harsh frosts and snow very much, they have learnt what the real Russia is like.